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Achievements (selected)

  • $15 million dollars in research funding since 2003, $4 million in current external grants.

  • The most cited robotics publication in the past 15 years:
    G. Dissanayake, P. Newman, H.F. Durrant-Whyte, S. Clark and M. Csobra. A solution to the simultaneous localisation and map building (SLAM) problem. IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, 17(3):229–241, June 2001.

  • Industrial transformation: one start-up company - SABRE Autonomous Solutions

  • Joint Robotics Research Centre with Zhejiang University, China

  • Recipient of 7 best paper awards at international conferences:

    1. Rami N Khushaba, Sarath Kodagoda, Dikai Liu and Gamini Dissanayake (2011), “Electromyogram (EMG) based Fingers Movement Recognition Using Neighbourhood Preserving Analysis with QR-Decomposition”, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP 2011), 6-9 December 2011, Adelaide, Australia, pp1-6 (Best Paper for the Biomedical Sensing and Sensors Symposium-ISSNIP 2011).
    2. P. Chotiprayanakul, D.K. Liu, D. Wang, G. Dissanayake (2007), “A 3-dimensional force field method for robot collision avoidance in complex environments”, Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, 19-21 September 2007, Kochi, Kerala, India, pp.139-145, Best Student Paper Award.
    3. N. Kirchner, D.K. Liu and G. Dissanayake (2006), “Bridge maintenance robotic arm: capacitive sensor for obstacle ranging in particle laden air”, Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2006, October 3-5, 2006, Tokyo, Japan, pp.596-601, Best Paper Award.
    4. N. M. Kwok, Q. P. Ha, D. K. Liu and G. Fang (2006), “Intensity Preserving Contrast Enhancement for Gray-Level Images using Multi-objective Particle Swarm Optimisation”, Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, October 7-10, 2006, Shanghai, China, pp19-24, Best Paper Award nomination.
    5. Ying-Hao Yu, N. M. Kwok, and Q.P. Ha, “A New System-On-Programmable-Chip (SOPC) for Smart Car Braking Control,” Proc. Int. Conference on Intelligent Technologies (InTech 2008), Samui, Thailand, 7-10 Oct., 2008, pp34-39. Best Conference Student Paper Award.
    6. T.H. Tran, N.M. Kwok, S. Scheding and Q.P.Ha, “Dynamic Modelling of Wheel-Terrain Interaction of a UGV”, Proc. IEEE Int. Conference on Automation Science and Engineering IEEE CASE 2007, Arizona USA, 22-25 Sept. 2007, pp. 369-374. Best Conference Student Paper Award.
    7. Ngo, V.T., Nguyen, A.D., and Ha, Q.P., (2005) “Toward a Generic Architecture for Robotic Formations: Planning and Control”, Proc. Int. Conference on Intelligent Technologies (InTech 2005), Phuket Thailand, pp. 89-96. Best Paper Award.
  • Awards and Award Finalists

  1. 2016 International Water Association (IWA) Project Innovation Award for Applied Research, "Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project", Sydney Water and University of Technology Sydney, Monash University, University of Newcastle

  2. 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney, Excellence Award in Occupational Health and Safety, "Robotic Bridge Inspector", UTS and RMS of NSW

  3. 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney, High Commendation in Control Systems, Networks, Information Processing and Telecommunications, "Robotic Bridge Inspector - A Revolutionary Solution to Inspection and Condition Assessment of Steel Structures", UTS and RMS of NSW

  4. 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence through Collaboration, "Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project", Sydney Water and University of Technology Sydney, Monash University, University of Newcastle

  5. 2016 National AWA Water Awards Research Innovation Award, "Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project", Sydney Water and University of Technology Sydney, Monash University, University of Newcastle

  6. 2016 NSW AWA Water Awards Research Innovation Award, "Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project", Sydney Water and University of Technology Sydney, Monash University, University of Newcastle

  7. 2015 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Award in the Industry Application Category, "Bio-Inspired Autonomous Climbing Robot - A Revolutionary ICT Solution to Inspection and Maintenance of Steel Structures", UTS and RMS of NSW

  8. 2015 SafeWork NSW Awards for the best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue, "Bridge inspection robot", RMS of NSW and UTS

  9. 2015 iAwards National Merit Award in the New Product Category, "Biologically Inspired Climbing Robot", UTS and RMS of NSW

  10. 2015 iAwards New South Wales Merit Award in the New Product Category, "Biologically Inspired Climbing Robot", UTS and RMS of NSW

  11. 2013 NSW Disability Industry Innovations Finalist Award, –“Innovative Partnership: Greystanes Disability Services and the University of Technology Sydney”, Jaime Valls Miro, John Le Breton

  12. Finalist of the 2013 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), “Autonomous Robotic Systems for Steel Bridge Maintenance” UTS and RMS of NSW: Dikai Liu, Gamini Dissanayake, Palitha Manamperi, Philip Brooks, Waruna Kaluarachchi, Gavin Paul.

  13. Engineering Excellence Award Sydney (EEAS) (Category: Research and Development), Engineers Australia, Sydney, 20 Sept 2013, “Autonomous Robotic Systems for Steel Bridge Maintenance” UTS and RMS of NSW: Dikai Liu, Gamini Dissanayake, Palitha Manamperi, Philip Brooks, Waruna Kaluarachchi, Gavin Paul.

  14. Engineering Excellence Award Sydney (EEAS) (Category: Control Systems and Communications), Engineers Australia, Sydney, 20 Sept 2013, “Autonomous Robotic Systems for Steel Bridge Maintenance” UTS and RMS of NSW: Dikai Liu, Gamini Dissanayake, Palitha Manamperi, Philip Brooks, Waruna Kaluarachchi, Gavin Paul.

  15. Finalist of the 2013 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology, “A Novel Autonomous Robotic System for Infrastructure Maintenance”, Dikai Liu, Gamini Dissanayake, Palitha Manamperi, Philip Brooks, Waruna Kaluarachchi, Gavin Paul, July 2013.

  16. Finalist of the 2013 IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) Award (one of the three finalists), “Intelligent Grit-blasting Robots for the Surface Preparation Industry”, Dikai Liu and his team, 8 May 2013.

  17. UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence through Partnership, Dikai Liu, Gamini Dissanayake, Gavin Paul, Greg Peters and David Rushton-Smith, 18 Oct 2012.

  • Infrastructure Robotics:
    CAS team is a world leader in “infrastructure robotics”. The theoretical foundations of sensing, mapping and motion planning for robots operating in partially known, GPS denied and unstructured environments have been the research focus of the team over the past ten years. Application of this theory for maintaining civil infrastructure has resulted in a collaboration with NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) on the development of autonomous grit blasting systems capable of grit blasting complex steel structures. The three phases of research collaboration included a UTS Partnership project, ARC Linkage and contract research. The project resulted in delivery of two operational robots that are permanently located at the Sydney Harbour Bridge maintenance site (BBC news/ABC news). A start-up company called Sabre Autonomous Solutions was formed in 2013 to commercialise the technology for various abrasive blasting applications. The Centre continues to be involved in the development of the next generation of grit blasting robots through a contract research arrangement with the start-up company. This work has received multiple awards and generated significant publicity to the activities of the centre. Another project on a biologically inspired climbing robot for bridge inspection, funded through an ARC Linkage grant and R&D contract, is in its final stages while projects on “Assistive Robotic Systems for Augmenting Human Strength in Industrial Applications” and “Intelligent Robotic Diver for Underwater Bridge Pylon Cleaning and Inspection”, commenced in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

  • Assistive Robotics:
    CAS has been engaged in the research on “assistive robotics” over the past five years. This work has resulted in theoretical outcomes and practical realisations of theory on a range of intelligent machines that can operate in collaboration with their users to perform complex tasks. Number of devices, including an assistive robotic walking frame, wheelchair, follow-me vehicle and an exoskeleton has been built and evaluated. A project on “Translating Assistive Robotic Technology To Aged Care Practice” was funded by the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT) Research Foundation in 2013 to facilitate the translation of CAS research outcomes to aged care practice. The project has resulted in the deployment of a “Smart Hoist” at the IRT residential care facility in Woonona. It is an assistive robot to aid carers transferring non-ambulatory residents. Smart Hoist was co-designed with residents and carers at IRT Woonona to ensure that the device can coexist in the facility, while providing assistance to carers with the primary aim of reducing lower back injuries, and improving the safety of carers and patients during transfers. The Smart Hoist is equipped with an intuitive interface to capture user intention in order to provide assisted manoeuvring. An intelligent walking frame for deployment at IRT Woonona facility was also developed and has successfully undergone the first set of field trials. A follow-up project to extend this work to in-home care, “Evaluating the Benefits of Smart Technology in In-Home Care Practice”, funded by IRT Research Foundation is due to commence in 2015.